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"No cat likes water."

Translation:Keine Katze mag Wasser.

October 15, 2017



I notice that in German, the verb is generally the second word in the sentence. Could this sentence be worded better, or is this an exception?

Edit: Never mind! I see now that "keine" is treated like an article (like "die" or "eine"), so it's sort of attached to the noun "Katze".


"Katzen mögen kein Wasser? " Is that correct??


Would rather be: Cats don't like water.


Si. Esa forma de oracion tambien cumple con la gramatica alemana


No, keine Katzen mag wasser. Mine name ist Alvaro. Ich lerne Deutsch. I still have a lot to learn but I am trying for the last 2 months.


Keine Katzen mögen Wasser. Katzen is a plural of Katze, the verb has to match accordingly.


why is it keine and not kein Katze? considering Katze is singular.... is it because, even though its the singular for cat, they are referring to all cats?


Its because 'Katze' is a singular + feminine noun. We use keine with feminine and kein with masculine/neutral nouns in nominative case.


Now that makes sense. Thank you


Because Katze ist femine gender. If it was masculune it would be kein. If I understand it all well :-)


Because Katze is feminine, you put an e at the end of kein.


I think because it's feminine


Why isn't it Keine Katze möge Wasser? I thought mag went with ich.


As is the case with other Modal verbs, mögen has the same conjunction for Ich and for Er/Sie/Es. So "mag" does go with ich, but also with sie.


Why is it mag and not mögen? Does it not follow the plural conjugation?


Why can't you say Nein? Instead kein or keine? Or can Nein be properly used at all?


To my understanding it seems that the secret lies in the actual word "keine"! Imagine if you were to say the opposite of keine, you would say "eine", "A" cat, but you're are instead saying NO cat! In essence, the word kein (no amount of cats ) is the opposite if ein ( one cat ), so always associate keine, kein, keinen with an amount, and nien as simply an answer to a question: Magst du Brot? (Do you like bread?) Nien! (No!)


Pretty sure it should be 'Nein'.


why is it not keiner katze. answer plss


Keiner "means nobody". Keine is the word used to negate femenine nouns. (only if there is an indefenite pronoun before the noun or no pronoun at all). Katze is a femenine noun. Katze doesnt have any pronoun in this case, so we use Keine ;)

PS: Please someone correct me if im wrong. Ive been learing german for nearly a month. Started from 0 XD


Isn't it valid to put "Wasser mag keine Katze"?


So why is "Kein Kater mag Wasser" not accepted ?


Why mag but not magst??


Modal verbs in German are identical in the first and third person singular, so ich mag (I like) and er sie es mag (he she it likes) and you add an ST to the second person singular so du magst (you like). Here the subject is "not a single cat", so third person singular. Keine Katze mag Wasser.


Why katze mag nicht wasser is wrong?


Duolingo know nothing about cats. Some cats like water.


None of the replies below answer my question to my understanding. "Keine Katze" to me is plural because it is saying "no single cat" therefore "all cats". So to me it should be "mögen" because th at is plural. Please, unconfuse me, if you can.

Alle Katzen mögen kein Wasser.

Keine Katze mag Wasser.


Why is it I cannot use "niemand" instead of "keine" here?


Why not "Keine Katze hat Wasser gern."


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